meekness

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meek·​ness | \ ˈmēk-nəs How to pronounce meekness (audio) \

Definition of meekness

: the quality or state of being meek : a mild, moderate, humble, or submissive quality He is accomplished in the art of approaching strangers, donning an air of such meekness and respect that no one can believe for long that he's a cop.— William Finnegan His stance on Chinese trade has wavered to date between sheer intimidation on the campaign trail and meekness in actual negotiations.— Sara Hsu

First Known Use of meekness

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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